ASEAN & East Asia Domestic Wrap: Leagues kick off in Thailand, Cambodia
Kuala Lumpur: Defending Thai League 1 champions Chiangrai United began their 2020 domestic campaign with a 1-1 draw against Samut Prakan City while in Cambodia, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng started their title defence with a resounding 5-1 victory over Soltilo Angkor.
Elsewhere, Hantharwady United remained perfect in Myanmar and things look increasingly good for Sydney FC in Australia despite the league leaders not playing over the weekend.
South Asia Domestic Wrap: Gokulam Kerala, Machhindra emerge champions
Mumbai: The Indian Women’s League 2020 champions were crowned on Friday, as Gokulam Kerala defeated Kryphsa FC 3-2 to lift the title while Machhindra FC emerged champions of Nepal’s Martry Memorial A-Division League for the first time.
In the Indian Super League, Chennaiyin FC boosted their hopes of a place in the play-offs with a 3-1 win over ATK while Mohun Bagan are eight points clear at the top of the I-League.
The Bangladesh Premier league kicked off over the weekend, with defending champions Bashundhara Kings off to a winning start. Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at the domestic action over the past week.
Preview MD2 - Group B: Shabab Al Ahli Dubai (UAE) vs Al Hilal SFC (KSA)
Dubai: A week on from their 2020 AFC Champions League Matchday One 2-0 victory over Shahr Khodro FC in Dubai, Al Hilal SFC remain in the Emirati city where they face Shabab Al Ahli Dubai at Rashid Stadium on Monday.
The two sides had famously clashed in the 2015 AFC Champions League semi-finals, with a 1-1 draw in Riyadh followed by a dramatic 3-2 victory for Shabab Al Ahli (then known as Al Ahli) who advanced to the final.
Preview MD2 - Group B: Pakhtakor (UZB) vs Shahr Khodro FC (IRN)
Tashkent: The second away trip in their debut AFC Champions League campaign takes Islamic Republic of Iran’s Shahr Khodro FC to Tashkent where they face Pakhtakor FC on Matchday Two of Group B on Monday.
The task ahead for coach Mojtaba Sarasiaei’s men is a daunting one against a Pakhtakor FC side that have won each of their nine home encounters against Iranian opponents in the AFC Champions League, keeping five clean sheets in the process. The Uzbek side had previously defeated another IR Iran side - Naft Tehran - in their debut campaign in 2015, and Shahr Khodro will hope to avoid the same fate.
The Mashhad-based side reached the group stage after edging Bahrain’s Riffa SC 2-1 in the Preliminary Round 2 then holding Qatar’s Al Sailiyah to a goalless draw before emerging victorious on penalties in the Play-off.